Bridal Fashion Week

One of our favorite weeks of the year is here! Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City and we’re like kids in a candy store, so excited about all the newest gowns from our favorite designers. During this week, we attend runway shows and meet with designers to pick the wedding dresses we’ll carry in the Wedding Suite for the next season.

While we could talk for days about all the details, we also know a picture is worth a thousand words—so follow our fashion week journey through the photos below (with more to come this week!). You can also follow the action on Twitter @NordstromWed where our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, is live tweeting throughout each day!

Mt. Rainier greets us along the way to the airport in Seattle.

At the hotel, laying out the week’s shoes. The flats will come in handy!

Central Park view from our hotel. We could get used to this!

First meeting with the lovely Kelly Faetanini, with a gorgeous lace back dress.

Next to the runway at Vera Wang. Seeing lots of black and white!

Buyer Sharon examines the Vera Wang gowns up close.

At Nicole Miller, checking out a favorite gown, now in lace!

Sharon and Lisa looking through options. Decisions, decisions!

Andrea and designer Heidi Elnora ending the night at dinner–in matching jean jackets.

Check back this week for more coverage of Bridal Fashion Week including our favorite new trends!

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Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, shares her insider photos and a quick trend recap from Bridal Fashion Week.

I’m back from Bridal Week, where it was all about the back: interesting low-cut backlines, lace, and illusion. We’re still seeing illusion necklines and straps, and convertible details are also in (think removable peplum, lace toppers, cover-ups and convertible straps). We also saw tea-length and Jackie O.-inspired dresses—definitely a nod to classic glamour.

Matthew Christopher

Rosa Clara

Overall, there are a lot more diverse necklines, rather than just strapless.

Victoria Nicole

Of course, there are still the traditional, ultra-flattering styles like A-line, mermaid and sweetheart neck.

Nicole Miller

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Anne Barge

See even more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or browse and shop all of our wedding dresses available online.

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Are you following Nordstrom on Pinterest? Don’t miss our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, live pinning from the shows at Bridal Fashion Week. Here’s a peek at her snaps from the Vera Wang show. Get a front-row seat with Andrea and see all the gorgeous dresses coming down the Spring 2013 runway at our Bridal Fashion Week Pinterest board.

For styles you can get right now, check out our Vera Wang Lookbook.

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Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, is recapping the highlights of her most recent buying trip to designers’ showrooms. Here’s what she had to share:

We’re so lucky at Nordstrom Weddings. Yes, of course we shop the bridal market twice per year for the best from bridal designers, but we also get to attend dress markets throughout the year to make sure we have the latest fashion hitting our Wedding Suites each and every month. Last week was one such market trip! We headed to New York’s Garment District to visit the showrooms of 15 designers and see what they’re offering for the winter months. We’re still finalizing our selections, so check back soon to see exactly what we picked.

Showroom: Shoshanna
Current favorite: Shoshanna ‘Risa’ Cap Sleeve Chantilly Lace Dress. The cap sleeve is summery, the deep color is all about fall and the lace is simply trend-right.

Looking forward: This was the first of several visits where shades of peach and rich mint popped up. Summer 2012 may not be over, but spring 2013 is in the air! Get in the mood for these colors with this inspiration board from our friends at REVEL. Speaking of REVEL, we stopped for lunch at L’Artusi, with founder and chief reveler, Saukok. Over a roasted-peach salad (no coincidence!), she told us how much she loves this particular color palette.


I’m such a fan of the Shoshanna bridal items coming that I may just buy them for real life, too.

Showroom: Aidan Mattox
Current favorite: Aidan Mattox One Shoulder Petal Skirt Chiffon Dress
Aidan Mattox is the home of the LWD (little white dress, of course!), and we love this one for an engagement party, a bachelorette party, a rehearsal dinner or an after-party.

Looking forward: One word: LACE.

Showroom: Jill Stuart
Current favorite: Jill Stuart Strapless Ruched Silk Chiffon Dress
This line is new to the Wedding Suite this season, and our brides have loved Jill’s LWDs (see above for the lingo lesson). We can’t get enough of the peplum and we like how this bright number brings the color trend to bridesmaids in a figure-flattering way with light fabric and a vertical line.

Looking forward: Long, feminine bridesmaid dresses and short, flirty white dresses.

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Our Weddings team just returned from the spring 2013 Bridal Market (think Fashion Week for weddings), and while they saw plenty of beautiful white gowns that would captivate any bride-to-be, one of their favorite things coming down the runways was all color: red.


A traditional color for Hindu brides representing good luck, red was especially popular at the Vera Wang show, with hues—from carmine to cabernet—that would make any wedding a true red-letter day.

Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, was particularly taken with the above one-shouldered, ‘Dahlia’ mermaid gown, which will be available at Nordstrom in time for next spring. If you can’t wait that long, check out our Vera Wang Bridal lookbook, with gorgeous gowns available now at selected Wedding Suite locations.

And just for a little more eye candy, here are a few of the other Wang gowns that caught our eye on the bridal runway. Stunning.

Images: Dan Lecca via Vera Wang

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We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.

Georgia native Anne Barge is an institution in her own right. Her runway show at Pier 94 was a who’s who of Bridal Week—including Martha Stewart Weddings Editor Darcy Miller, Mark Ingram of the famous Mark Ingram Salon and Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and acting fashion director at Kleinfeld. (We chatted Randy up about doing something with Nordstrom!)

Some of the most beautiful gowns of the week walked down the runway to the song “This Is the Moment.” After the show, we met Anne in her showroom and viewed her entire collection up close.

We are so thrilled to introduce La Fleur by Anne Barge at Nordstrom. A few of our favorite styles our brides can expect are:

Amherst—a gown of shirred tulle with an elongated strapless bodice and voluminous pickup skirt.
Hadley—another strapless, constructed out of pearl Italian Razo silk shantung, with pleated bodice detail and a pleated skirt with pockets.
Reilly—a modern column gown with architectural lines of pearl Italian silk Magnolia with vertical bias ruffles of silk satin organza. We love the special ruffle at the bustline (i.e. crumb catcher).

La Fleur by Anne Barge available for special order in stores February 2012.

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